25 days in Michigan Itinerary

25 days in Michigan Itinerary

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25 days in Michigan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Dearborn
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
2
Ontonagon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Munising
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Saint Ignace
— 2 nights
Ferry:  15 min
5
Mackinac Island
— 3 nights
Ferry + Bus:  4 h 15 min
6
Traverse City
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Ludington
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Grand Rapids
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 45 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Dearborn

Dearborn ©
Dearborn sits as part of the Detroit metropolitan area and was the home of Henry Ford.
When in Dearborn, make a side trip to see Decode Ann Arbor in Ann Arbor, approximately Ann Arbor away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at The Henry Ford, steep yourself in history at Motown Museum, explore the galleries of The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and take a leisurely stroll along Detroit RiverFront.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dearborn holiday planner.

New York City to Dearborn is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in July since evenings lows in Dearborn dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ontonagon.

Things to do in Dearborn

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Detroit, Kellogg Park, Decode Ann Arbor
Highlights from your plan
The Henry Ford ©
The Henry Ford
Greenfield Village ©
Greenfield Village
Detroit Institute of Arts ©
Detroit Institute of Arts

3
nights
Ontonagon

Ontonagon ©
Ontonagon is a village in the U.S. Explore Ontonagon's surroundings by going to Hancock (Quincy Mine & McLain State Park) and Mineral Museum of Michigan (in Houghton). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bond Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Main Overlook, take a peaceful walk through Porcupine Mountains State Park, and take an in-depth tour of Ontonagon County Historical Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ontonagon tour itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dearborn to Ontonagon. Traveling from Dearborn in July, expect Ontonagon to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Munising.

Things to do in Ontonagon

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hancock, Mineral Museum of Michigan, Adventure Mining Company
Highlights from your plan
Bond Falls ©
Bond Falls
Adventure Mining Company ©
Adventure Mining Company
Porcupine Mountains State Park ©
Porcupine Mountains State Park

3
nights
Munising

Munising ©
Munising is a city on the southern shore of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula of the U.S. Munising is known for nature, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, enjoy the sand and surf at Miner's Beach, putt your heart out at Miners Falls Mini Golf, and admire the sheer force of Munising Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Munising trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ontonagon to Munising by car takes about 3 hours. August in Munising sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 57°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Saint Ignace.

Things to do in Munising

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Miner's Beach
Highlights from your plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ©
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising Falls ©
Munising Falls
Miners Falls ©
Miners Falls

2
nights
Saint Ignace

Saint Ignace ©
Saint Ignace, usually written as St. On the 7th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at McGulpin Point Lighthouse & Historic Site, then walk around Bridge View Park, and then don't miss a visit to Soo Locks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, stroll around Colonial Michilimackinac, and then take in the views from Mackinac Bridge.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint Ignace trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Munising to Saint Ignace takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can ride a ferry to Mackinac Island.

Things to do in Saint Ignace

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mackinaw City, Soo Locks
Highlights from your plan
Colonial Michilimackinac ©
Colonial Michilimackinac
Mackinac Bridge ©
Mackinac Bridge
Soo Locks ©
Soo Locks

3
nights
Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island ©
Mackinac Island is a city in Mackinac County in the U.S. Mackinac Island is known for nature, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Arch Rock, don't miss a visit to Is It You Spot From Somewhere in Time Movie!, trot along with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mackinac Island day trip website .

Mackinac Island is very close to Saint Ignace. In August, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Traverse City.

Things to do in Mackinac Island

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Arch Rock ©
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park ©
Mackinac Island State Park
Fort Mackinac ©
Fort Mackinac

4
nights
Traverse City

Traverse City might be well known for its huge cherry industry, but its position along Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan endows it with fine scenery and a wealth of outdoor attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Traverse City side-trips: Petoskey (Petoskey State Park, Little Traverse Wheelway, &more), Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail (in Glen Arbor) and Empire (Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, &more). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, explore the landscape on two wheels at Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, and don't miss a visit to Mission Point Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Traverse City road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Mackinac Island to Traverse City takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Mackinac Island in August, expect nights in Traverse City to be about the same, around 60°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ludington.

Things to do in Traverse City

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Petoskey, Empire, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ©
Little Traverse Wheelway ©
Little Traverse Wheelway

3
nights
Ludington

Ludington ©
Ludington is a city in the state of Michigan. Explore Ludington's surroundings by going to Silver Lake State Park Pedestrian Dune Access (in Hart), Rainbow Ranch (in New Era) and Mears (Off-Road Tours & Little Sable Point Lighthouse). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Ludington State Park, visit a coastal fixture at Ludington North Breakwater Light, kick back and relax at Stearns Park, and explore the landscape on two wheels at William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ludington attractions website .

Traveling by car from Traverse City to Ludington takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Ludington are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Rapids.

Things to do in Ludington

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hart, Mears, Rainbow Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Ludington State Park ©
Ludington State Park
Ludington Waterfront Park ©
Ludington Waterfront Park

4
nights
Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids ©
The second largest city in Michigan and a hub of furniture manufacturing, Grand Rapids bears the nickname "Furniture City." However, the destination's original name came from the rapids of the Grand River that once ran through the downtown area.
Explore Grand Rapids' surroundings by going to Holland (Windmill Island Gardens, Holland State Park Beach, &more), Oval Beach (in Saugatuck) and Saint Joseph (Silver Beach County Park, Silver Beach Carousel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, get to know the resident critters at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, see the interesting displays at Gilmore Car Museum, and walk around Roselle Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grand Rapids tour itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Ludington to Grand Rapids takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Grand Rapids are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Rapids

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Holland, Saint Joseph, Roselle Park, Oval Beach, Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park
Highlights from your plan
Gilmore Car Museum ©
Gilmore Car Museum
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park ©
Holland State Park Beach ©
Holland State Park Beach

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